Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A groovy time with the Aqua Teen gang

Sunday marked the hundredth episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, which was appropriately named... "100." In contrast to the gay ghost episode I wrote about two weeks ago, this was pretty sharp, self-referential humor, similar to the Larry Miller episode last week.

Keeping with the theme of the title, Frylock keeps noting the number 100 popping up in every aspect of his life, and like that crazy Jim Carey movie that nobody saw, he scribbles 100 all over the house. By the middle of the episode, every single thing anyone says, included a cop played by George "Space Ghost" Lowe and Tom Savini.

I particularly enjoyed the sequences with Dana Snyder playing himself in a Master Shake costume, trying to get a syndication deal out in L.A. When he hears 100, he thinks of something entirely different - the standard mark needed to be syndicated. But as the network guys point out, Aqua Teen Hunger Force needs to do another 100 episodes to get syndicated, since each episode is only about 11 minutes long. Then again, it's hard to imagine anyone but Comedy Central or FX paying for ATHF, excluding TBS, which is a Turner property like Cartoon Network anyway.

Anyway, Shake returns back to Jersey, at which point a monster 100 (as in a numeral that runs around) attacks them. The monster is voiced by Robert Smigel, a.k.a. Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, which seems pretty appropriate. To get away from the monster, Shake invents a new show for them to inhibit, which is a spoof of Scooby Doo. This turns out to just be another pitch to the network executives though, sadly, because it looked pretty god damn sweet. Sigh. I guess I'll have to wait for the Aqua Teens to actually solve crimes like Scooby and the gang...

Grade: A+

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